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Good health hinges on balance. A balanced lifestyle that includes good nutrition and regular exercise coupled with enough rest and relaxation is how you get on the path to good health. It is never too late to improve fitness and ultimately improve health. Music can be an important part of the journey.

Turn Up The Tunes

About 58 million Americans use a health club or a gym to get their exercise every year. Many of those that hit up the gym make sure they have their headphones or earbuds in their gym bag. Music is an important part of any workout.

Music can help to make light work of your workout, whether you are a runner, walker, or strength training aficionado. Whatever your fitness routine is, music can help to improve your workout. Music is a powerful tool during your workout, and there is scientific evidence to support it.

Keep Up The Pace

On average, Americans spend about four hours per day listening to music. Keeping the pace on the treadmill and other equipment is easier when you are plugged into music that has a quick beat. According to a recent study published in Psychology and Sport, upbeat music can help to improve stamina during circuit-type training.

Music that is synchronized with your fitness routine not only improves stamina, but can help to improve your mental health. Music has long been shown to improve mental health and stimulate good feelings. People that listen to music while exercising often exercise longer with fewer complaints.

A 2016 study found that participants on a treadmill adjusted the speed of the treadmill to the beat of the music. The faster the beat the faster they set the treadmill. Music can help you keep up the pace of your fitness routine.

Maximum Benefits

Adding music to your workouts will help you to get the maximum benefits from your workouts. Trying different types of music will help you to find the "playlist" that works best for you. You do not have to be a fan of quick dance beats to get the most benefit out of listening to music while you exercise. Studies show that the beat is not the only thing that affects how you exercise. How you feel about what you listen to is just as important.

What music you listen to while you work out is highly personal. Music has the power to provoke good mental health and motivation based on the listener's preference. Of course, you do not want to make the music too relaxing during your workouts. However, you can find the perfect genre that works for you.

Should You Invest In High-End Headphones?

The equipment that you use has little effect on whether the music will be motivating. You do not have to spend a fortune on gym headphones to reap the benefits of adding some music to your workout. If you are just starting on your fitness journey to improve your health, you do not want to invest too much money in "gym accessories" like headphones.

Try out a medium-priced ranged pair of headphones, and as you become more committed to your workouts, you can invest in a more expensive pair. Read the reviews before you make a purchase. About 32 percent of consumers are ready to change brands after a less than adequate customer experience and will share that information. Learn what other people are saying about the headphones you are considering before you buy. Bluetooth connectivity is a good option. You can connect right to your phone and play your favorite songs.

Adding music to your fitness routine will make your workouts more productive with the added benefits of making you feel better about working out. Music will have a huge impact on your fitness routine. It can keep you motivated, keep you in pace, and relieve boredom. Add music to your fitness routine and get on the path to overall good health.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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